July 22, 2021

EAA Re-entry anxiety


The COVID-19 vaccines are helping us return to our lives how they were before the pandemic began, but even that can stress us out.

In fact, re-entry anxiety is exactly that – an overall uneasiness about returning to the way things were before the pandemic, and the American Psychological Association says at least 49 percent of American adults have it.

There are two general ideas to why re-entry anxiety exists:

  • We’re still worried about contracting or spreading COVID-19
  • We’re worried about reengaging in social interactions

One of these scenarios involves returning to the workplace in person. Which leads us to a question we’ve been asked.

How can I help my employees cope with re-entry anxiety?

Here are five quick tips that can help:

  1. Start small and gradually build up to larger social interactions.
  2. Empower employees by letting them know that it is okay to communicate what level of contact they are  comfortable with.
    1. For example, have managers model language that communicates whether or not they are currently shaking hands etc.
  3. Encourage employees to make a post-pandemic bucket list to shift their thinking from anxious to positive. Then share those bucket lists throughout the company in employee communications.  By employees sharing what they are looking forward to, they are modeling positivity, which is contagious.
  4. Encourage employees to get outside during the day or to chat with employees to build organizational cohesion.
  5. Encourage employees to take care of themselves and set aside time every day to rest his or her mind.

It’s not one size fits all, but hopefully a few of these tips can help employees, and anyone in general, cope with returning back to normal.

That’s what employers are asking us. If you have a question you want to be answered, email us at askapex@apexbg.com.

Brooke Salazar

Authored By

Brooke Salazar, JD, PHR

HR Consultant, Apex Associate Counsel and DE&I Officer
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